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The Avenue Blackbox Theatre Announces Zooman and the Sign

Theatre’s Fifth Anniversary Season Continues with Award-Winning Play

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Avenue Blackbox Theatre is proud to continue its fifth anniversary season with ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN, an Obie award-winning play written by the late Charles Fuller (Pulitzer Prize winner for A Soldier’s Play), and directed by David Shakes. The play will be presented at The Avenue Blackbox Theatre, located at 780 Joseph Ave. in Rochester, NY. A preview performance will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a reception. The official opening night for the play is Friday, Sept. 15 and it will run through Sept. 24. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

More about Zooman and the Sign:

Set against the backdrop of 1979 Philadelphia, the play revolves around the murder of a 12-year-old African American girl. When local witnesses refuse to reveal her killer, her family's quest for justice is hindered. The play was first produced in December of 1980 by the Negro Ensemble Company, starring notable actors such as Giancarlo Esposito and Carol Lynn Maillard.

“David Shakes is a local powerhouse,” said Reenah Golden, owner of the Avenue Blackbox Theatre. “We’re proud to make this play part of our 5th anniversary line-up.”


About The Avenue Blackbox Theatre: The Avenue Blackbox is a safe, bold, creative, Black-led multidisciplinary performance space located in the Historic Joseph Avenue neighborhood of Rochester, NY created to offer affordable, meaningful, culturally rich experiences created by artists of color, youth, LGBTQIA+ and those traditionally marginalized or silenced in a wide array of artistic disciplines to city of Rochester residents and visitors. For more information, visit:

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